Bitalzadeh - Wesley So
Wijk Aan Zee
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3... Nc6 4.Bg2 Bg7 In the symmetrical lines of English Opening - where I personally have more than a hundred tournament games with both colors - Knights are not placed well on 'f3' - or 'f6' respectively. There they restrict the area of effect of the fianccetoed Bishop and only are of use to prepare d2-d4, which in most situations is no great achievement.
8.Bg5 b5 Though generally the chess programs would evaluate such position as about equal or even slightly favorable foe White, in fact Black has every chance the establish a long lasting advantage as his pieces are better positioned in the long run.
22... a5 23.axb4 axb4 There is no way to prevent Ng8-e7-c6-d4 which will seal Black advantage. Generally Rook + pawn are almost enough compensation for 2 minor pieces. Well, is every of this pieces is stronger than a Rook because of position specifics then things are different.
34.cxd5 Nxd5 35.g4 Ne7 36.gxh5 gxh5 There is no way to defend 'b3' if attacked by Nd4/Na5. White resigned. So won the game with deceptive ease. His great talent just shoes through and predicting him bright chess career won't be any risk at all. 0-1